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Offline ligpd

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Deer cooler
« on: October 29, 2012, 03:46:09 PM »
I have been offered a large walk in cooler for free. I just need to get it out of the building and bring home and put in my shop, but I have a question for anyone that may know the answer for me.

The cooler will hold four deer hanging up and have some room to move around in if needed and it has not been used or even turned on for about 7 years. My question if the cooling system, not real sure what you call all them parts, does not work could I just put a window style AC in the side of it and use that to keep it cool in the warm months?

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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2012, 04:05:48 PM »
We sealed/insulated a room in at our club next to the cleaning area and use a window A/C to keep it at the correct temp.  Will be a lot cheaper than trying to fix the system.
Remember to turn the A/C on and leave it running as it will take time to cool the area down to start with.  It works great in NC, sure will work even better for your area.

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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2012, 04:43:35 PM »
Sounds like a great deal to me. Wish it would work way down here.

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2012, 05:47:50 PM »
Would be nice if you had a friend in the AC Business for advice...
Who knows it might work fine or something simple like charging the freon.


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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2012, 09:24:18 PM »
I have been offered a large walk in cooler for free. I just need to get it out of the building and bring home and put in my shop, but I have a question for anyone that may know the answer for me.

The cooler will hold four deer hanging up and have some room to move around in if needed and it has not been used or even turned on for about 7 years. My question if the cooling system, not real sure what you call all them parts, does not work could I just put a window style AC in the side of it and use that to keep it cool in the warm months?

Not sure if it would be cool enough in the warm months, ligpd.    Hopefully the cooling will work fine and you won't have to modify it.    Needs to be pretty dang cool to hang meat.
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 11:01:12 PM »
sounds like a good deal to me, A good window AC will cool a 2000 square foot room. Best advice is see how big the cooler is in square feet
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 04:35:29 AM »
The temperature needs to stay between 36 degrees F and freezing. Too warm (above 40) and the meat will spoil, too cold (freezing) and it will freeze, stopping the aging process. You also need a humidity of about 85 to reduce water loss. To control bacteria you need a constant flow of air all around the meat (A/C air flow will do this), which means it needs to be hanging in a well ventilated space.  The best range is 33 to 37 degrees.

Above was taken from a number of sites on aging beef and venison.

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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2012, 09:12:15 AM »
I dont think any AC unit will get the temp that low, most have thermometers that cut out well above the temp range you will need, I doubt they will get it below 50 degrees,  if the motor isnt locked up on the unit, and no holes/cracks in any lines or in the condensor, it may just work, if it all fires up but doesnt get cold probably just needs a recharge.
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2012, 01:09:42 PM »
You MIGHT be able to get an window ac to cool that low if it's a little larger than for the area it's doing. TOo large and the compressor cycles too much and either freezes or burns out quicker.

Either way, getting the cooler out and back to your shop and set up will be the hardest part. Figuring out a solution to it if the cooling system doesn't work will be less troublesome I think. If it ran fine when it shut down last I am betting what cost you save on the cooler will far out way what cost might be involved in repairs.
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2012, 01:59:41 PM »
I am not sure about your window ac but if you want it worked on your will need to call someone in the restaurant equipment repair industry.
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2012, 11:01:19 AM »
Sounds like a deal to me. Free is good and yes a window unit should work unless it's really hot outside.
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2012, 12:11:00 PM »
Yes, you can use a normal a/c that's large enough for the space, when used in tandem with one of these:   http://www.storeitcold.com/
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2012, 12:18:15 PM »
Yes, you can use a normal a/c that's large enough for the space, when used in tandem with one of these:   http://www.storeitcold.com/

$300 is not bad if it lives up to its claim.


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« Reply #13 on: October 31, 2012, 12:22:06 PM »
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Re: Deer cooler
« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2012, 09:09:57 AM »
Yes, you can use a normal a/c that's large enough for the space, when used in tandem with one of these:   http://www.storeitcold.com/

Well that pretty much solves it all! That thing is awesome! And they give you just about every piece of info you need to make a cooler from scratch.
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